Stratus Chamber Orchestra
is invited to Prague
To bring the immersive experience
to European Audiences and Musicians
at the American Spring Festival
There we will share our intimate presentations
of great musical masterpieces
from a perspective most audiences never see
providing opportunities for conversations
people always wished they could have
fully immersed in the energy of the music
with family and new friends
that might even be twice your size
always something new to see
Audience and Orchestra Together
with a smile.
A Special Invitation
Stratus Chamber Orchestra has indeed been invited to perform at the American Spring Festival in Prague in June of 2017. Our immersive programs have caught the imagination of some European musicians who are looking for ways to promote more interaction between international cultures and all those who are part of the concert experience.
Thanks to Linda Shea, a Colorado clarinetist and educator, Stratus Chamber Orchestra will be included in a Fulbright program created specifically for the purpose of exploring the unique possibilities that our innovative presentations of orchestral music create.
We couldn’t be more excited! But we can’t get to Prague without your help.
We’ve worked very hard to keep the cost of our 8-day tour as low as possible. We’ve trimmed and honed. We’ve designed the trip to be efficient and effective, providing the greatest impact with our special programs.
The bottom line is that it costs $3000 per musician for airfare, accommodations and all the performance logistics (including performance venues) to take Stratus Chamber Orchestra to the Czech Republic for 8 days.
You Can Help
Will you help? Every contribution is tax deductible, and can be ear-marked for a specific musician on the tour. Whether you are contributing to someone’s 30/30/30 campaign, or are giving a major gift to support the orchestra as a whole, we are very grateful.
Take a moment to give. You’ll be sharing more than a few dollars. You’ll be sharing one of the most unique orchestral experiences found in Colorado with our brothers and sisters in Prague. Click the link to the left to give. And thank you!
A Special Thanks
Stratus Chamber Orchestra’s tour is made possible in large part by the energy and welcoming interest of Maestro Debashish Chaudhuri. He and David Rutherford will be sharing the podium at each of the performances throughout the tour.
Debashish Chaudhuri´s musical experience and expression is a unique blend – born in Calcutta, India and living in Central Europe for the last 14 years. He has a rich European repertoire, 15 years of professional experience with various orchestras and 19 years of professional teaching experience. His passion for the search of symphonic music that is either inspired by India and Asia or written by Asian composers has enabled him to premiere several original works to critical acclaim. He firmly believes that Western and Eastern musical cultures in their purest and highest form though totally different in their conception, can truly communicate. He also enjoys finding and doing master works from the symphonic repertoire that have been largely forgotten.
Debashish Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1975, where he was head of music at St. James‘ School. He conducted their four choirs and played a prominent role in the local music scene. He founded the St. James‘ School Orchestra and the Calcutta School of Music Chamber Orchestra. He has studied in India, USA, Singapore, England and in the Czech Republic where he was the first Indian to study at the Prague Conservatory. It is there his close contact with the family of Antonin Dvorak started. In 2003 and 2004 he studied with Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti in the renouned Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, Italy following the footsteps of Zubin Mehta. Gianluigi Gelmetti himself studied closely under Sergiu Celibidache, Franco Ferrara and Hans Swarovsky. In 2004 he won 1st prize in the Conducting Competition of Lausanne and in 2005, as the first Indian ever, was among the finalists in the most prestigious Conducting Competition in Besancon, France.
He works with both Czech and international Orchestras for example The Orchestre de Franche-Comté, The Sofia Festival Orchestra, The Masterplayers Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Zlin, Brno Philharmonic, Pilsen Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, The South Czech Philharmonic, The Camerata Moravia, The Imperial College Sinfonietta, etc. He is repeatedly invited conduct their seasonal concerts with a varied and rich repertoire ranging from E. Elgar, A. Roussell, S. Rachmaninov, M. Ravel, F. Schubert, A. Dvorak, J. K. Vanhal, V. Blodek, F. Liszt, N. Rimskij-Korsakov etc to Mayers, Jarre and Blatny.
In 2006 he initiated a special annual concert for The Lions Club Bohemia, honoring visually handicapped people, which he conducted for 10 seasons. Among many others, he invited soloists like Vaclav Hudecek, Igor Ardasev, Jana Chaudhuri and Pavel Sporcl. He was invited by the Indian ambassador in 2012 to conduct a special symphonic concert for 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore as well as a symphonic concert for 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda one year later. In 2006 and 2013 he created orchestral concerts entitled Asian Inspirations showcasing Asian inspired works as well as original works. The Namaste India philharmonic project he envisaged in 2013 brought together the sitar and the tabla as solo instruments with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to the Czech premiere of John Mayer´s Shiva Nataraj. In June 2015 he conducted a concert at the Antonin Dvorak Music festival introducing the premiere of Hiawatha’s Song based on the 9th Symphony. In 2016 he organized the tour of the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic as the first Czech orchestra in India after 57 years and enchanted audiences in Mumbai and Kolkata many of whom heard Czech music for the first time ever.
He serves on the governing body of The Antonín Dvořák Music Festival and is part of PETROF ART Family.
He is married to pianist Jana Chaudhuri. In addition to their musical activities they support various good causes – Fair Trade movement, child sponsorship program in India, scholarship for one talented musician to attend Ameropa summer school in the Czech Republic and creating opportunities for visually impaired soloists. His brother Rajat Chaudhuri is a successful artist in Denver, US and his parents live in Calcutta.